Excerpt from Lisa Black’s That Darkness

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along!

I am reading Lisa Black’s That Darkness. I am a big fan of the TV series Bones, and a few months ago read one of Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan books, and was so disappointed with it. But when I started That Darkness, I felt like I had walked back into Brennan’s lab. Black’s protagonist, Maggie Gardiner, is a forensic investigator, as is Lisa Black herself. The writing is authentic and gripping.

However, it was remarkably easy to convince people you were what you were not, if you simply paid a little attention to detail.

Jack was good at detail.

Lisa Black, That Darkness

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As a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, Maggie Gardiner has seen her share of Jane Does. The latest is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl’s injuries–for Maggie at least–is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching every move, closer to them than they could possibly imagine.

Jack Renner is a killer. He doesn’t murder because he enjoys it, or because he believes himself omnipotent, or for any reason other than to make the world a safer place. When he follows the trail of this Jane Doe to a locked room in a small apartment where eighteen teenaged girls are anything but safe, he knows something must be done. But his pursuit of their captor takes an unexpected turn.

Maggie Gardiner finds another body waiting for her in the autopsy room–and a host of questions that will challenge everything she believes about justice, morality, and the true nature of evil …


  1. Ooh you have me intrigued now. I gave up on the series after the last few books fell flat for me. Now, you say this will fill that ache. Must check it out.

    Here’s my TT

  2. Oh yeah, I am loving this one.
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  3. Absolutely LOVE this teaser! I too couldn’t get into Reich’s novels. I’m definitely adding this to by TBR list! Is this part of a series by Black, and if so, is it the first of that series? Thanks for sharing! My teaser this week can be found at: http://abookaddictsview.blogspot.com/2016/05/teaser-tuesday_10.html

  4. Kathy Martin says:

    This does sound good. I haven’t read a Kathy Reichs book recently. I used to enjoy her series but that was before Bones. My teaser this week comes from Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones. Happy reading!

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